National Guard to host disaster preparedness exercise

The Louisiana National Guard is hosting a Commodities Distribution Exercise in St. Tammany and Lafayette Parishes to better prepare for emergency response operations in advance of the 2012 hurricane season, May 19.

The exercise is to test and validate Point of Distribution Operations, communication systems, transportation resupply and the reporting of POD locations.

The exercises will be held at:

Lafayette Parish: 300 Block of St. Julien Ave., Lafayette, La., 70506(old Lourdes Regional Medical Facility)

St. Tammany Parish: Covington Fairgrounds, 1304 N. Columbia St., Covington, La., 70433